Nokia has announced its selection by Finnish Shared Network Ltd (Suomen Yhteisverkko, SYV) – the joint network venture between DNA and Telia Finland – as a supplier of 5G radio network equipment including deployment and managed services. In a press release regarding the matter, the Finnish vendor said that under the deal it will replace SYV’s current radio access network equipment, while also offering ‘digital deployment for faster time to market, and comprehensive managed services’ over the course of the three-year rollout.
According to Nokia the network overhaul is primarily driven by 5G deployment and will enable SYV to future-proof its infrastructure for the next generation of digital services, whilst improving current 2G, 3G and 4G capabilities across the sites. The Finnish vendor will be responsible for the network infrastructure upgrade, providing field maintenance, network monitoring and implementation services in over 50% of the country area across eastern and northern Finland. The deployment will begin in early 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, and will involve upgrading RAN equipment across the existing 2G, 3G, and 4G networks as well as the deployment of the new 5G network. The modernisation drive includes all existing base stations, base station controllers, radio network controller and IP transport for the connection to the core infrastructures of DNA and Telia Finland.
Commenting SYV’s chief executive Antti Jokinen was cited as saying: ‘When evaluating potential long-term partners to help us modernise our network infrastructure, we chose Nokia for its expertise in the market as well as the comprehensive set of sustainable and secure solutions it offers. Aside from the radio and IP connectivity equipment we needed as part of our 5G network deployment, Nokia’s wide range of managed services and impeccable global reputation meant it stood out as a reliable vendor to help us future proof our infrastructure investment. We look forward to cooperating with the Nokia team to provide 5G-enabled services in the very near future in an efficient manner.’